Open Air Cinema Brings Outdoor Movies to the Hills of Rwanda

So there is no cinema in your neighborhood? No cinema in your city? Not even a cinema in your country? Well, that didn't stop a group of young Rwandan filmmakers from screening their films in nearly every corner of their country.

With an inflatable movie screen from Open Air Cinema thousands of Rwandans have been able to enjoy a special new brand of cinema: Rwandan cinema. A wave of Rwandan films have been circling the world since Eric Kabera (a Rwandan native) produced a film entitled 100 days, a story about the years of genocide that plagued Rwanda. That film heavily influenced a number of other movies including the award-winning Hotel Rwanda.

Rwandan cinema has been highly acclaimed in film festivals as prestigious as the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. But international success was not enough for Kabera, who felt that these films would have a much greater impact in rural Rwandan villages. Kabera immediately set up the Rwandan Film Center in the capital of Kigali as a space for young Rwandans to learn the skills needed to produce movies, films and documentaries about relating to Rwandan culture and history. Armed with a large inflatable movie screen from Open Air Cinema, the Rwandan Film Center has roamed through the hills of Rwanda screening hundreds of films and movies, both foreign and domestic. The lack of movie theaters in Rwanda has not at all hindered the growth of Rwandan cinema, with a portable compact cinema system, anybody anywhere can now enjoy the wonders of film!

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